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The Best Beer Cities in America Also Have the Gloomiest Weather, Data Says

The Best Beer Cities in America Also Have the Gloomiest Weather, Data Says


A new report from Smart Asset says that the best cities for beer in America are also rainy and cold, like both Portlands

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the hops are so delightful.

If you live in a city like Portland or Seattle, you may have perpetually gloomy skies, but the chances are your local beer movement is alive and kicking. New data from Smart Asset, an interactive data tool, has listed the best cities in America for beer-drinkers. A strange coincidence among the top 10 candidates? Many of them are known for particularly dismal weather and harsh winters.

The data was compiled by looking at the number of per-capita bars and breweries in 296 of the largest cities in America and considered the average Yelp rating of these establishments.

Here are the top 10 beer cities in ascending order:

10. Cincinnati, Ohio

9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

8. Missoula, Montana

7. Wilmington, North Carolina

6. Seattle, Washington

5. Denver, Colorado

4. Billings, Montana

3. Portland, Oregon

2. Asheville, North Carolina

1. Portland, Maine

This is what Smart Asset had to say about “the other” Portland, the surprise winner of this ranking:

“The city is home to 17 microbreweries, one for every 4,000 residents – the highest per capita microbrewery rate of any U.S. city. Perhaps the most well-known of Portland’s breweries is Allagash Brewing Company, which reintroduced Belgian style brews to America in the mid-90s.”


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.


What RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about New England beer

Sign at Trillium Brewing Co. in Canton. FAIRFOLK/TRILLIUM

Last week, the website RateBeer released its annual survey of best-ofs — featuring breweries, beers, bars, bottle shops, and restaurants — for 2019.

Massachusetts fared well: Canton and Boston’s Trillium rated as the No. 3 brewery in the world, followed by Charlton’s Tree House at No. 4, and Framingham’s Jack’s Abby at No. 29. The rankings serve as confirmation that we’re living in one of the epicenters of craft beer.

Several other New England brewers also made the list, led by Vermont’s Hill Farmstead, which ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. The results are democratic, culled from nearly 4.2 million customer and industry reviews, according to a representative from the website. In addition, the past four years of reviews also factored into 2019 ratings.

Here’s what I think RateBeer’s ranking system got right, and wrong, about our local beer scene in 2019.